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Should We Really Try To Eliminate All UCL Stress?

by Randy Sullivan
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Last week the mailman delivered the monthly edition of my favorite medical journal, The American Journal of Sports Medicine! Like a kid on Christmas Morning, I immediately dug in searching for any pearl of wisdom that might help my students. I came across a study reporting the results of stress ultrasound imaging of the UCLs in young pitchers. 1 You can read the entire article by CLICKING HERE, but I will summarize… Researchers performed ultrasounds while stressing the UCLs of 102 youth and…

“You Know… It’s Always Something”… But It’s Never One Thing.

by Randy Sullivan
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Last week I was on a plane heading back from a Road Show when a guy noticed my Florida Baseball Ranch logo and asked whatI do. When I told him, he responded with another question. “So what do you think is causing all these arm injuries.” I get that a lot.   My immediate reflex hearkens me back to my high school days when Saturday Night Live was the hottest show on TV, and the late Gild Radner played a character named Roseanne Rosannadanna. Her signature line was, “You know… It’s…

Skipping This Step Could Lead To Serious Injury

by Randy Sullivan
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The Importance of Addressing Physical Constraints When I wrote my third baseball related book Engineering The Superhuman Pitching Machine, Volume 2: Conducting a World Class Pitcher Assessment, the idea of linking a physical assessment to a video analysis of throwing mechanics was uncommon. Now most major programs use a physical assessment of some sort, but there are still many instructors, coaches, and parents who don’t truly understand the importance of addressing physical constraints while…

Throwing Weighted Dogs Can Increase Velocity! Wait… What?

by Randy Sullivan
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Seems the rage these days is about these new weighted ball things and how they increase velocity. Funny… When we started using weighted balls as part of our process in 2009, in my community you would have thought I was Jack the Ripper! Naysayers unfairly blasted me privately, and publicly to the point that I finally gave in and stopped using them for a few months. I soon came to the realization that critics will be critics and accepting their slings and arrows is simply the price I must pay for…

Preventing and Managing Injuries In Throwing Athletes: Start With The Pain A Continuing Education Course for PTs, PTAs, ATCs, DCs, and SCCs

by Randy Sullivan
Couse Agenda Day 1 8:00 – 8:50             Start With The Pain Intro Why we start with the pain. One-size-fits all 6 types of contributors to arm pain Our process outlined 9:00- 9:50                Identifying Type 1 Contributors (physical/structural) BRAT Lecture Performing BRAT 10:00 – 10:50           Addressing Type 1 Contributors… Teach BRAT Correctives 11:00 – 11:50             Identifying Type 2 Contributors (movement pattern) 13 Disconnections 12:00 …

Warning: Connection Ball Vandals Could End Your Baseball Career

by Randy Sullivan
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We get banged on a lot on the internet about our TAP connection balls. If you aren’t familiar with the connection ball, it’s pretty simple. It’s a yellow inflatable ball that has a little texture to the skin. We use it as a tool to create feel and feed the mistake on a few different arm action inefficiencies. We blend it into a series of drills designed to elicit more efficient, powerful, and durable movement patterns. How did we start using them? As the story goes, Coach Ron Wolforth, of…

Google Roulette? Are You Wiling To Risk It?

by Randy Sullivan
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When my oldest son was a senior in high school and experiencing the heartbreak of being overlooked by college recruiters because he didn’t throw hard enough, I asked nearly every baseball guy I knew how to teach velocity. Most had the same answer – one that parroted the words of the most well known pitching “guru” of the time. “You can’t throw harder than your genetics will allow.” In other words, if you didn’t win the genetic lottery you could never hope to be a member of the rare…

Client Testimonials

by Randy Sullivan
Here’s what our clients have to say about the Florida Baseball Ranch:   Parent of a High School Player ” I honestly feel like this is the best money I’ve spent on my son’s baseball training. If knowledge is power, this has been like an 800 lb gorillas. This feels like teaching my son to fish.” – Todd L. Alachua, FL High School Coach “As a high school coach attending this weekends camp, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I have been to clinics all around…

Stop Looking For Diagnosis and Cause and Start Looking For Dysfunction and Contributors

by Randy Sullivan
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Yesterday we had a 17 year-old right-handed pitcher in from Colorado for a Precision Strike 1 Day Evaluation and Training Session. We’ll call him Cole. Cole loves pitching. He’s pretty good, according to his mom, and his dream is to pitch in college some day. But last, January, he began to experience severe, debilitating biceps pain. As usual, the immediate response from the medical professionals was to shut down all throwing and rest. After resting for 6 weeks, he started throwing again, and…

I Was a Savage!!

by Randy Sullivan
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About 2 years ago we hired a legit dynamo in our physical therapy clinic. For the interview, my CFO/COO, Amy and I met her at the pizza restaurant across the street from our physical therapy clinic. We wanted to do the interview on the down low since we really didn’t have any positions to fill, and we saw no need to get our current employees riled up or worried about their won job security. We interview potential employees constantly, looking for rock stars to add to our team. Our approach is…